Guest Blog by Clare Mathieson
As a mother of three children under 8, I want my kids to eat fresh, real and tasty food and I want them to enjoy what they are eating. We do lots of baking and cooking at home but my newest hobby is playing with food. Making food art for my children started in an attempt to encourage a friend’s little boy to eat salad (it was successful). I loved doing it, the children kept asking for more and I haven’t been able to stop!
My kids love guessing what I am making and then demolishing it almost immediately afterwards. I’m talking ingredients such as broccoli, quinoa, red cabbage, lentils – they eat it all. They often make their own food art now too – for themselves but also for me. It is cute to see what they come up with but the best bit has been the improvement in their kitchen skills – lots of chopping and making their own snacks and lunches. I have only one rule: no food is to be wasted. Everything used in our food art creations is to be eaten.
The food art at top of blog included a tortilla that we made together (so much easier than I expected and oh so yummy) and lots of veggies.
You could use so many different ingredients here. I have previously made the wall out of wholegrain toast pieces for breakfast. Our Humpty was made from a hard-boiled egg, capsicum and carrot . The wall was built from yellow and red capsicum pieces. The hill was a piece of tortilla with avocado and some steamed broccoli for the tree. The butterfly was a cherry tomato with a carrot.